Phelps fails to qualify for 400m freestyle final

April 18, 2015 10:17

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps suffered his first setback in his return to the pool after he failed to qualify for the 400 meters freestyle final in Mesa, Arizona on Friday.

Phelps, competing first time following a six-month ban for a drunk driving conviction, flashed his old form on Thursday when he won the 100 meters butterfly in the Arena Pro Swim Series meet.

But on Friday, the 18-times Olympic gold medalist could only manage 17th in the 400 freestyle after a time of 4 minutes, 2.67 seconds kept him out of the main final.

Phelps' time put him in the C final but he elected not to swim it and also pulled out of his scheduled 100 meters backstroke race in the evening.

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